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More on Steam Hardware

Engadget has follow-ups to comments recently attributed to Ben Krasnow about plans for Steam hardware. Ben says he was misquoted (or mistranslated) and that he did not confirm Linux support and he does not think they will be showing off anything of the sort this year as reported (thanks HARDOCP). Meanwhile, there's an interview with Valve's Gabe Newell on The Verge where the Valve honcho talks of how they are working with many hardware partners on "Good, Better," or "Best" boxes for playing Steam games, and also goes ahead and says they will be releasing Linux-based "Steam boxes," among other things, also discussing their interest in low-latency controllers, biometric controllers, and other cutting edge-ness. This includes much discussion of open versus closed systems.

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15. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 09:13 Verno
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 09:08:
And that's fine. I just don't see a ton of pc guys really chomping at the bit for an underpowered steam box that they can hook up to their TV, when there are already means available to do it with a normal pc if one really wanted to.

Some games are fun on the computer, others are fun in the living room or socially. I think you're vastly under estimating how much variety there is in a user base the size of Steam, you're only thinking of your own usage scenarios. It's apparently going to support user expansion and won't have a locked bootloader so people will be able to tinker away too.
 
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